Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Pilgrims Have Landed

Our Hosts - Aideen, Rom & 'Bono'

I am not all that comfortable flying. The flight from London to Toronto was an eye opener and a stomach dropper. I gasped and clenched with every single drop and lift of turbulence. The flight lasted 40 minutes and my stomach landed after about 80 minutes afterwards. The last time I was on a ride like that was on Thunder Mountain in Disneyland and it has been my determined intention to never repeat that hair raising experience. In Toronto I immediately headed for the Relay shops and bought motion sickness bands. As I said I'm less than an intrepid flyer. Every time the flight attendants give the 'in flight safety procedures' I watch the choreographed two fingered pointed instructions and can only recall Courtney revising Jerry Seinfeld's bit "you're going to die, you're going to die and I'll be saving myself using this secret exit."

Fortunately everything did go as planned. We had a few four and three hour layovers but all flights and trains departed and arrived on time, our checked baggage arrived when and where it was supposed to and we got to our gite in Moissac right before dinner. It was very comforting to be greeted by the familiar faces our hosts at our gite, Ultreia. Ultreia is where we finished up last year. I'm thinking that the 30 kms we have to walk tomorrow will not be enough to wear off tonight's meal, especially the chocolate cupcake smothered in hot chocolate sauce accompanied by pears and ice cream.It's going to take way more than 30kms. We are now off to the garden to visit and drink some more wine. Let the suffering on the pilgrimage begin!


  1. Sounds like a wonderful Easter dinner! Buen Camino.

  2. Glad to hear you arrived safely with baggage in tow. A 30K day after all that traveling and only one night's rest could be a challenge. Good luck and safe passage.